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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Alabama State University is hosting a first-of-its-kind summer research 'camp' for college undergraduate students interested in conducting cutting-edge nanobiotechnology research.

The new and competitive summer research program is called 'Development of Safe Nanomaterials for Biological Application," and is a hot topic in national science circles.

This inaugural three year program is funded by a $336,634 grant given to ASU from the National Science Foundation.

This ASU REU summer based program is hosting ten undergraduate students of diverse backgrounds from several Southeastern colleges and universities. Among these are Savannah State University, Lawson State Community College, Southern University at Louisiana, Winston-Salem State University, Auburn University and Alabama State University.

The program runs from now until July 25, and participating students will receive a stipend of $500 a week, on-campus housing at ASU, meal and travel allowances according to Dr. Komal Vig, associate professor of biology in ASU's department of Biology Sciences.

"This provides an opportunity to underrepresented groups in research, especially to those who might not otherwise have the opportunity and particularly those from academic institutions where research programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are limited.," Dr. Vig added. 

Dr. Vig says the program builds on the emerging research strengths at ASU's nationally acclaimed nanobiotechnology and microbiology programs. This program is designed to give students from across the nation hands-on experience in experimental research.

A discussion on professional development related to 'Ethics in Science' is also included in the program.

The REU program is a part of the ASU Center for NanoBiotechnology Research (CNBR), as well as a team of ASU faculty researcher.

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